Irish Writers Centre Collaboration

Cavan: The Poetry Masterclass Series with Multiple Poets

Starts: Sat 13 Oct 2018 
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Duration: 6 Weeks

Venue: Bailieborough Library, Co. Cavan
Cost: Free: Booking essential through Eventbrite


This unique course offers new, emerging and professional poets an inside look at the craft and processes of those who have previously excelled at the form. This series of curated masterclasses, taking place over six weeks, is designed to encourage the experienced poet to step outside his/her comfort zone through exposure to the working techniques and ideas of practising poets at the top of their game. Over a two-week period, a different poet will deliver a masterclass on a theme of their choice.

Join Moyra DonaldsonColm Keegan, and Noel Monahan to discover new ways to get to the heart of your own work. 


Week 1: Finding The Language For Your Poem with Noel Monahan
Sat 13 Oct • 11AM - 1PM 

First we have The Stirring of a Poem
Then we have some overall notion of the shape of a poem before we find the
Roots of Words ... Meaning of Words ... Sound of Words
Wordfarming plays a major part in writing poetry.


Week 2: Mythology and Dream with Noel Monahan
Sat 20 Oct • 11AM - 1PM 

A look at Greek, Roman and Celtic Mythology in poetry.
Exploring Carl Gustav Jung’s sense of dream, ritual and religion.


Week 3: Writing Beyond Your Self with Colm Keegan
Sat 3 Nov • 11AM - 1PM

Who we are is often where we start with writing. But there is so much more to be explored beyond our self and our own experiences. Leave the safe shores of personality behind and push off into the choppy seas of your own imagination.

Week 4: Poetry, Metaphor and the Natural World with Moyra Donaldson
Sat 10 Nov • 11AM - 1PM

Poets have always been inspired by nature, and whether we live in the countryside or in a city, the natural world is part of our vision - it might be the weather, a spider in the bath, a mountain range or a sunset over the rooftops. This workshop will look at examples of classic and contemporary nature poems, and participants will then work on developing their own poem in the spirit of this long tradition.


Week 5: Hearing Voices with Moyra Donaldson
Sat 17 Nov • 11AM - 1PM

This workshop will look at the use of persona in poetry. Using examples from contemporary poets, we will examine how writing in the voice of ‘an other’ can bring fresh perspectives and liberate us to say unexpected things. The session will include group discussion and the creation of new writing. It will also look at the connection between form, content and meaning.


Week 6: Writing For Your Own Mouth with Colm Keegan
Sat 24 Nov • 11AM - 1PM

Poet Polar Bear said Spoken is words written to "fit your own mouth." Here you will explore what it takes to write words you can stand beyond to the point that they are undeniable on stage.


About the Poets

Moyra Donaldson is an award winning poet and creative writing facilitator from Co Down. She has published six collections of poetry and is widely published in literary magazines in Europe and USA.

Colm Keegan is a writer and performance poet from Dublin and has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. His debut collection, Don't Go There, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim.

Noel Monahan has published eight collections of poetry. His most recent, Chalk Dust, was published by Salmon Poetry, 2018. He has won numerous awards for
his writing and his work has been translated into: French, Italian, Russian and

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Date and time:

16 Jul 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

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